Summit to discuss the most vulnerable in Brighton

Besi Besemar March 24, 2013


Cllr Rob Jarrett
Cllr Rob Jarrett

Care of thousands of city’s vulnerable adults to be addressed at first ever City Summit. The event, which will help shape how Brighton & Hove City Council and its community and voluntary partners provide services to around 4,000 residents, will coincide with an update on how Adult Social Care services are performing and will identify successes and outline plans for the future the ‘local account’

While the council has modernised care for adults in Brighton & Hove by handing more control to those who receive care themselves as to what care is provided, the city faces real challenges with the numbers of residents aged 90 or over set to rise by more than 40% over the next decade.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s goals on tackling inequality and supporting vulnerable adults to live healthy and independent lives are:

•    For people to be able to live as they wish, confident that services are high quality, safe and serving their need for independence, well-being and dignity.
•    To increase efforts to ensure vulnerable adults are safe in all locations, whether in their own homes or in other settings. The council will vet and monitor all providers.
•    Key initiatives already delivered include a single Access Point for all social care through one telephone number, a Carers Card to offer discounts for carers to use the city’s leisure services from theatre tickets to massage and hair and beauty.

Cllr Rob Jarrett , Chair of the Adult, Care & Health Committee, said:

“We would urge older residents who receive care in the city, carers themselves and their families and friends to take part in the City Summit event this summer. It’s vital that we hear about what’s working well and what’s not so that we can work with our voluntary and community sector partners to ensure that residents enjoy the care they want that enables them to live independently for as long as possible.

“Together with our partners we have improved how we care for Brighton & Hove’s older residents and handed over more control where it’s wanted so that it’s tailored to the individual.

“Through self directed support package residents decide themselves the care they want at least half of all residents now in control of their care. With a growing older population we face real pressures on services so it’s important that we hear from as many residents as possible.”